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Special Chow Mein

Find out how to make Special Chow Mein - just like the takeaway!

This is so very tasty you want to eat more, I dabbled about in my kitchen and I came up with this bowl of deliciousness.

Special Chicken Chow Mein

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Special Chow Mein

This is just like Special Chow Mein that tastes just like the takeaway. You can, of course, use pork instead of chicken, or well as chicken for a proper special chow mein.

Stir-frying is easy-peasy and it really is up to you what else you fancy adding. You really need a wok for this; you can get a really decent wok for under £15 over at Amazon.

What is Chow Mein?

Chow mein is basically stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or tofu; the name is a romanization of the Taishanese chāu-mèn.

The dish is popular throughout the Chinese diaspora and appears on the menus of most Chinese restaurants abroad. It is particularly popular in India, Nepal, the UK, and the US.

Find out how to make chicken really soft and tender using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), this also works for beef.

It really does wok although you must remember to rinse the bicarb off before cooking!

Ingredients for Special Chow Mein

  • egg noodles
  • skinless chicken fillets 
  • King prawns - raw 
  • garlic 
  • white cabbage
  • carrot
  • bean sprouts
  • red bell pepper
  • spring onions 

Chow Mein Marinade

  • cornflour
  • light soy sauce
  • Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)

Chow Mein Sauce

2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons of water

The Best Special Chow Mein Recipe

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Yield: 2-4
Author: Jan Bennett
Chow Mein

Chow Mein

This is so very tasty you want to eat more. I dabbled about in my kitchen and come up with this. You can, of course, use pork instead of chicken, or as well as chicken. To serve 4 just add another chicken fillet or more prawns.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 11 Min


  • 400g pack of egg noodles
  • 2 skinless chicken fillets - sliced into thin strips
  • 6 king prawns - uncooked - shelled and deveined
  • 3 fat cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • a small handful of finely sliced white cabbage
  • 1 large carrot - peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
  • a small handful of bean sprouts
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper - thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions - sliced into matchsticks
Mix together the following marinade for the chicken (if using)
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)
Mix together in a bowl the following sauce ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of water


  1. Add the thinly sliced chicken to the bowl with the marinade in and give it a good mix. 
  2. Leave it to one side while you get on with the chopping and slicing of the garlic and carrots etc.
  3. When that's done, set everything to one side. In a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  4. Heat up your wok and add a tablespoon of oil. 
  5. Throw in the chopped garlic and stir-fry until just for a few seconds - don't let it burn; why? because the garlic will taste bitter if it burns.
  6. There will hardly be any liquid to drain from the chicken marinade so just add the chicken to the wok along with the prawns and stir-fry until they're only half cooked.
  7. You can now add the cabbage, carrot, beans sprouts and red pepper. Cook for a few minutes keeping it moving about in the wok.
  8. Put the noodles in the wok along with the sauce mixture. 
  9. Continue to stir until the noodles are well coated with the sauce and the chicken and prawns are properly cooked through.
  10. Have a taste and add a tiny bit of salt or a little more sugar if you need to.
  11. Throw in the spring onions, stir and serve straight away.
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